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The CBD Skincare market is growing faster than any other part of the beauty industry. Is it just a marketing hype?
The multiple benefits of CBD are being recognized all over the world, with new companies constantly bringing products into the market – especially when it comes to fitness and skincare.
In fact, CBD is the new beauty buzzword, due to the compound’s powerful anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-aging properties and nutrients.
If you are considering purchasing any CBD skincare product, here is all you need to know to conduct your own research and find the one that works best for you.
What Exactly is CBD?
Short for cannabidiol, CBD is one of the hundreds active chemical compounds found in the resinous flowers of the hemp plant, a “cousin” of the cannabis plant. Unlike THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the other famous and important medicinally active compound derived from cannabis, CBD does not have psychoactive effects by itself, or any abuse or dependence potential.
In fact, there is no evidence of public health related problems associated with the use of CBD-based products, they are usually well-tolerated and have mild side effects. That is because CBD and THC act in different ways on different receptors in the brain and the body.
Why is CBD Suddenly So Popular?
CBD popularity has recently exploded and covered in the media, and you may have even seen it advertised for pets or as a booster to your workout routines. The compound is known for its broad range of applications, with several benefits to offer when used as a topical application. This is the reason why CBD have become such popular additions to beauty products.
CBD is an excellent choice to those looking for alternatives to strong anti-inflammatory agents, like topical corticosteroids, that may be really effective but in long-term they have potential side effects, particularly on sensitive skins.
Simply put, CBD is a safe and natural alternative that produces the same anti-inflammatory effects without the potentially negative side effects.
Is CBD Safe?
Thought it may seem like CBD is something completely new, nothing could be further from the truth. Hemp has a rich history as a medicine going back thousands of years, with the first recorded uses being around 2727 BC in China.
However, only recently researchers begun to explore the health and wellness benefits of CBD. Furthermore, while research is still needed, there is likely little harm that come from applying a CBD-based product to your skin.
Still, if you experience some allergic reaction such as skin irritation or a rash, do not hesitate to contact a dermatologist or a skin care expert.
Benefits of CBD for Skincare
The use of CBD on the skin can reduce redness, pain and swelling associated with inflammatory acne and other certain conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.
It can also benefit those with sensitive, dry, and aging skin, acting as a moisturizer. In addition, due to its healing properties, when added to bath treatments CBD can spark a gentle detox.
One of the best things about CBD is that it works for all skin types and conditions, from dry to dull skin, puffy eyes, and dark circles, among others.
Different Forms of CBD Products for Skincare
Most CBD products are serums and creams. But you can also find masks and body and face oils. That said, the main rule is always applying your skincare products from thinnest to thickest. For instance, serums should be applied before creams.
With so many CBD-based products available on the market, it can be really tricky to figure out which ones are the best for your skin conditions. That is why you should always carefully read the list of the ingredients of the chosen CBD product to provide insight as to what benefits it has but also let you know if it has any potentially harmful components within its formulation.
It should be noted that hemp seed oil is not the same as CBD. There is nothing wrong with it, but it does not have the same anti-inflammatory benefits as CBD. So, when choosing a CBD-based product for your skincare routine, make sure you are buying one that actually contains it.